Lost and Found! Safe and Sound! The Lost Coin!


A Sermon By: Pastor Henry T. Anderson

Windsor Avenue Bible Church, Oceanside, NY

www.windsoravenuebiblechurch.org

Luke 15:1-10

1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Intro:

Last Week We Looked at: THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP.

Now I want to Review and Expand some thoughts here…

The next Parable of The Lost coin is a short Parable of three Verses and then the Next Parable of The Prodigal Son goes from Verse 11 to Verse 32 and I don’t want to cram 25 Verses into a Message. The reason being is that a lot of people were missing last week. Also, you’ll see here how I’m going to transition the Message in a few moments….

We Saw Some ANALOGIES IN THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP:

The man with one hundred sheep = Christ the Good Shepherd.

The sheep which wandered away = A lost person from the faith.

Finding the lost sheep = Jesus saving sinners!

Elevating the lost sheep to his shoulders = Uplifting the fallen!

The rejoicing of the shepherd = Joy in heaven over the saved!

The fact of there having been only a single sheep is not an indication of how few were lost, but of the Lord's concern even for a single lost person. As a matter of fact, the lost sheep stands for countless millions of people.

I. This parable may be viewed, first of all, as an argument. Jesus was being criticized by the Pharisees for associating with sinners; and Christ here showed that any of them would leave ninety and nine sheep safe in the fold and go seeking for a single lost sheep, so demonstrating that they valued an animal more than they valued a man. Far from being critical of Jesus' efforts to restore lost men, the Pharisees should have fully engaged themselves by cooperating with such efforts and they themselves should be looking for finding lost people.

II. The parable also has value as a warning. The lost sheep, separated from the flock and from the shepherd, is a warning of the state of any lost person who wanders away from the church and away from the Shepherd.

But notice the following facts about a lost sheep:

(1) It was absolutely defenseless, not even having the gift of speed in flight from danger, its very cries being but the signal for the closing in of its enemies. A Lost Sheep here is in danger and helpless.

(2) The lost sheep is without any sense of direction. A carrier pigeon would find its way home, and a dog could do so as well; but a sheep never!

(3) The lost sheep is surrounded by dangers. There are beasts of prey, poisonous shrubs and weeds, and even the elemental forces of nature are hostile to a lost sheep.

II. This parable can be looked upon as an outline of the work God expects of his church, the Good Shepherd appearing here as the example to be followed by every Christian.

(1) The shepherd's emotions were aroused with reference to the lost. He did not merely say, "Oh well, I still have ninety-nine left!" It should be the work of every Christian to become aroused over the fate of a lost person. It may be a friend or even an unknown person who is lost, but a person made in God's own image; we naturally may ignore him or her, we may let them wander, but God says: Go find them!

(2) The shepherd went himself; he did not merely send another. Men are wrong who suppose that they may merely send their Pastor or Elder to seek out the lost. God has commanded:

Mark 16:15

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

(3) The Shepherd stayed with the search until it was successfully concluded. Here is the pattern for perseverance in well-doing. The search can have only one desire, that of finding and recovering the lost; not till then did the shepherd end the search. We should never give up on the Lost.

IV. This parable is the essence of Salvation. The whole Doctrinal spectrum of the Christian religion is briefly but powerfully suggested here.

(1) Just as the shepherd left the fold and the ninety and nine to seek the lost sheep, Christ left heaven with its glory to seek the lost of humanity.

Jesus said in Luke 19:10

10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

One lesson that we must not lose sight of is that the one which was lost represents the outcast, and the despised. It represents those who while not precious in man’s sight, are precious in God’s sight.

We’re to Be The Church, We’re to Love them,

We’re to Outreach to them! We’re to Preach The Gospel to them!

Proverbs 11:30

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

And Church, It’s our job to look for those that are Lost.

And sometimes, we’re gonna have to find them and put ‘em on our shoulders and bring ‘em to The Lord Jesus!

Where one The Lord Jesus will say to You:

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

The Old Sheep:

Lost and Found: Safe and Sound!

The Old Sinner:

When The Lord Finds You and You Repent:

Lost and Found: Safe and Sound!

(2) It will also be noted that there was no safety for the lone sheep. Its safety was in the flock and with the shepherd. There is safety for the Christian only in the church and with the Good Shepherd. It may be doubted that there is any such thing as a Christian who does not belong to the church, despite the fact that such a conceit is obviously deceiving millions. Of old, "The Lord added to the church daily such as were being saved," and he has never stopped doing so (Acts 2:47).

(3) Just as the lost sheep was elevated to the shoulders of the shepherd, so the lost soul is elevated to new heights in Christ Jesus. And just as the sheep found rest on the shoulders of the shepherd, men find rest in Christ.

(4) Heaven itself is concerned with the salvation of the lost. "Joy in heaven!" is a pledge that the unseen creation is interested in the rescue of fallen men.

Jesus then completes the parable with a comparison. Not only do sinners gather together to rejoice in the finding of what is lost, but when it is a lost sinner so also does Heaven. God Himself rejoices, and all who are with Him, for thereby is fulfilled when one sinner Repents.

You know what’s one thing we get to do in Heaven? We get to Rejoice in over the fact when someone we don’t know, have never met, but when they come to The Lord Jesus and repents of their sins and becomes Borned Again, we Rejoice and Celebrate that in Heaven!

We get see it on here on Earth as well. Aren’t You happy when You see a Lost Friend or someone comes to Church and accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Now Remember A Parable is an Earthy Story with a Heavenly Message.

What’s the Earthly Story? A Sheep got lost and the Shepherd went out and found him, he was happy and celebrated with friends and neighbors!

What’s the Heavenly Message? When someone that was lost spiritually finally comes home to the Saving Knowledge of God’s Grace Through His Son The Lord Jesus Christ, they are no longer lost to an eternity in Hell, but have Eternal Life in Heaven!

Now we come to The Lost Coin… Jesus says in Verse 8:

8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

How many Coins did the Woman have? Ten…

How many Coins did she lose? One…

Now she has 9 Coins, and we see she springs into action to look for that one Coin.

And one thing we see hear is that the less a person has of something, the more valuable the one lost thing becomes!

How many people here if your saw a Penny in the Parking Lot would pick it up? Not many, because a Penny isn’t worth much, but what if You found a $10 Bill blowing down the Parking lot, what would You do?

I know what You would and I know what I would do! Heheheehe…

Why? Because $10 has value.

If the shepherd was interested in one in a hundred, it makes sense that the woman would be interested in one in ten. She did not just count the coin as lost and care nothing about it.

In this case the woman has ten Coins, 10 is a number signifying completeness. The drachma was a Greek coin, often found in Palestine, which was about the equivalent representing a day’s wage. To her it was very valuable, a treasured possession, and the loss of any part of it would be heartbreaking. And that is what this parable is about. The seeking of a treasured possession which has been lost.

The woman was experiencing a great sense of loss. Imagine You Cashed Your $1000 Paycheck and as You walked out of the Bank, You dropped a $100 bill and it’s very windy outside…

This situation would be made worse by the fact that the house was dark, for it would have had few if any windows, and the floor was probably of beaten earth and covered with rushes. The lost coin would thus not be easy to find.

The woman says in Verse 9 “which I had lost”… This is a significant acceptance of blame on the part of the woman for having lost the coin, which is incapable of losing itself. The Woman here is a Type or Picture of a Christian or The Church and the Coin stands for people in all ages who, in a sense, are lost from God's service through sin or ineffectiveness or are backslidden from God and the church itself. So what does she do?

8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

She immediately sprung into action! She lit a Candle, she got a broom out, she swept the house and she seek diligently till she find it…

Now The Cambridge Dictionary defines Diligently as someone who is: Careful and serious in your work, or done in a careful and determined way. Careful and using a lot of effort, done in a careful and detailed way. Constant in effort to accomplish something.

Doing something Diligently means doing it thoroughly and well. It's the opposite of doing it lazily or shoddily.

Synonyms include: Industrious, hard-working, assiduous, conscientious, particular, punctilious, meticulous, painstaking, rigorous, exacting, careful, thorough, sedulous, attentive, heedful, intent, earnest, studious, constant, persevering, persistent, tenacious, pertinacious, zealous, dedicated, committed, driven, active, busy, unflagging, untiring, tireless.

And You know? If I lost $100 bucks in the house, I’d be Diligently Careful and serious in my work, or done in a careful and determined way. I’d be Careful and using a lot of effort, done in a careful and detailed way. Constant in effort to accomplish something.

And I’d be Industrious, hard-working, assiduous, conscientious, particular, punctilious, meticulous, painstaking, rigorous, exacting, careful, thorough, sedulous, attentive, heedful, intent, earnest, studious, constant, persevering, persistent, tenacious, pertinacious, zealous, dedicated, committed, driven, active, busy, unflagging, untiring, tireless…

In finding My $100 Bucks, Amen! Verse 9:

9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

And when she has found the coin she calls her friends and neighbors in to celebrate, and to rejoice with her. For she has found what was precious to her. Most of us know what it is to lose something, and the joy we have on finding it! Verse 10:

10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Lost coins find it impossible to repent, so Jesus added this so that both the religious leaders and the sinners who heard Him telling this Parable knew that repentance is important for lost people.

This parable, like the preceding one, stresses the joy of the angels of heaven over the salvation of the lost.

Seeing that the angels of God are interested in the salvation of souls, how diligent all men ought to be in looking after the one thing needful, namely, the soul's redemption.

Nor is the rejoicing over sinners saved restricted to the courts of heaven. The woman with her friends and neighbors rejoiced; and so will the church which works to save men. The saving Church is a Happy Church.

All Heaven is involved in the rejoicing. The one who is found is precious to Heaven. And we have in this parable the lesson that both men and women are to be involved in seeking the lost.

So Let’s Recap:

ANALOGIES IN THE PARABLE HERE: TYPES AND PICTURES:

The Woman = A Christian or The Church throughout all the ages

The Lost Coin = The lost coin is very like a sinner, or backslider.

The Lighted Lamp = The Word of God

The Broom = The Church's concern for true virtues and morality

The Diligent Search = A Christian and The Church's urgent activity to save souls.

The Rejoicing = The Joy in Heaven over one who is saved!

I. Note the coin as the type of a man.

(1) Both are from the earth, silver being refined from earthly ore, and man having been created of the dust of the earth.

(2) Both are valuable.

(3) Both may be exchanged for something else. Man may exchange himself for eternal life and the Coin is exchanged for goods and services.

(4) Both are stamped with the image of the maker, the coin with the likeness of the emperor, and man in the likeness of God who created him (Genesis 1:27). The image of God in every man distinguishes him from the lower creations, and proves that he is not a mere brother to a beast.

(5) Both the lost coin and the lost man become increasingly difficult to recover. The longer each is lost the harder it is to find. Every person should be saved as soon as possible after the age of accountability.

The Woman in the story first brought light; then swept and cleaned the house, all along searching for the coin carefully and with deliberate intent. She kept looking until she found the coin.

i. This is how the church, led by the Holy Spirit, will search for lost souls. First they will put forth the light of God’s word, then sweep and clean their own place, then search carefully for the lost.

This parable also reveals valuable lessons on how to find the lost.

(1) First, the woman lighted a lamp; and the church would do well to follow that example. Without a lighted lamp, one would never find a lost coin in a dark place; and unless the church shall hold aloft the lighted lamp of the word of God, the lost shall not be recovered. The only light is the Bible. Churches seek in vain to light up this world's darkness by preaching human philosophies, legends, political convictions, social schemes, or anything else other than the holy word revealed in the New Testament. "Thy word is a lamp ... and a light" (Psalms 119:105).

(2) The woman searched diligently for the lost coin. The church should be diligent in the program of evangelization, the same being the church's most urgent business.

ii. One of the first things to capture us powerfully here is the worth of a single soul. It was one sheep the shepherd went to find. It was for one coin the woman searched the house.

c. When the coin was finally found, the woman was naturally happy. In the same way, God is happy when sinners repent, in contrast to the religious leaders who complained when the tax collectors and sinners drew near to Jesus to hear Him.

Now Remember A Parable is an Earthy Story with a Heavenly Message.

What’s the Earthly Story? A Coin got lost and the Woman Diligently Cleaned and looked for the Coin until she found it, and was happy and celebrated with friends and neighbors!

What’s the Heavenly Message? Because of Your Diligent work in that when someone that was lost spiritually finally comes home to The Lord Jesus Christ, they are no longer lost to an eternity in Hell, but have Eternal Life in Heaven!

And Church, It’s our job to look for those that are Lost.

And sometimes, we’re gonna have to find them and put ‘em on our shoulders and bring ‘em to The Lord Jesus!

Where one The Lord Jesus will say to You:

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”



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